Best Maternity Leggings

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Maternity clothes can be complicated, but that’s where we come in. We’ve found the best maternity leggings on the market for all types of women in all kinds of situations. We also help you to decide on the best pair for you with a handy buyer’s guide.

Ah, pregnancy! It’s a time when everything is changing, you’re exhausted and sometimes sick, and you’re constantly in search of the perfect clothing to add comfort to your daily wardrobe without sacrificing style.

It can be tough to find anything you like when you’re watching your belly (and sometimes the rest of your body) rapidly expand, but don’t worry; we’re here to help.

We have scoured the far reaches of the maternity universe to find you the best maternity leggings money can buy. We’ve taken a lot into consideration to ensure that you’ll be comfortable no matter how you’re hoping to use them. 

Throughout the rest of this article we’ll go over some of the reasons you’ll want to consider buying maternity leggings, give you an overview of some of our favorites, talk about how we choose the ratings for our reviews, and finally talk you through how to choose your pair(s) in our helpful buyer’s guide.

Best Maternity Leggings: Comparison Table

Why Maternity Leggings? 

pregnant woman

Image by Khusen Rustamov via Pixabay 

Let’s get real for a second here, ladies: not all leggings are created equal.

If you’re planning to skate by with the leggings you’ve used up until this point assuming that their low-cut style or stretchiness will get you by, you may want to reconsider. You run the risk of ruining your favorite pair or waking up one day with absolutely no leggings that fit, and that’s no fun at all.

Maternity leggings offer many things that regular leggings do not, including built-in belly bands for comfort.

If you’re not into the belly band, then you can also get some options that don’t put added pressure on your belly, but that also won’t push on your bladder as your belly expands, something not all non-maternity leggings can claim.

Maternity leggings still come in all shapes and sizes, including athletic styles, faux leather, and standard polyester blends. These options mean you won’t be sacrificing style or mobility for comfort over the next forty weeks.

Plus, they make great going home clothes when you’re leaving the hospital, especially if you get a pair that won’t hit you right in the incision in the case of a C-section, which many standard leggings likely will.

How We Chose Our Ratings

pregnant woman with scan image of baby

Image by onlyouqy via Freepik 

Our priority with any maternity clothing is your comfort, so that’s where our ratings begin.

We chose only leggings that would allow you to be comfortable, regardless of their style or uses. We didn’t use traditional scaled ratings for these products, though. Instead, we are featuring the best of many different styles of legging to help you find the right type for you. 

Some of the styles we’ll feature below are as follows:

  • Best athletic
  • Best designer
  • Best belly support
  • Best inexpensive
  • Best for cold weather

This isn’t an exhaustive list of the styles and designs we will discuss in our reviews, but it gives you an idea of where we’re going with this.

Remember, we always put comfort first in these reviews, so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting an unpleasant pair. We also focused on how well these leggings would flatter different body types since not every woman grows the same way during pregnancy.

Finally, we wanted to ensure that we featured leggings that come in the widest possible variety of sizes. Whether you were a pre-pregnancy size two or a pre-pregnancy plus size woman, we want you to have just as many options and feel just as good in your leggings as the next mom to be.

Best Maternity Leggings

If you’re in search of the best maternity leggings for your style, size, or need, look no further than our reviews below. We’ll give you the rundown on our favorites to help you decide which pair will work best for you no matter how far along you are.

Best Athletic Leggings: Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Active Capri Pant

Ingrid & Isabel Women's Maternity Active Capri Pant, Dark Heather,...
  • Crossover panel provides gentle support to the lower back as your belly grows
  • Contoured panel accommodates a growing belly
  • Four-way stretch fabric allows full range of motion

These leggings are not only supportive and comfortable, but they are also high quality.

The thick polyester, spandex, and nylon blend helps to keep these leggings breathable and comfortable whether you’re out for a jog or inside doing prenatal yoga. We love that they are machine washable as well.

One standout feature of these leggings is the crossover panel that helps to support your lower back. Many women experience back pain during pregnancy as their belly grows, so having the extra support is never a bad thing.

These leggings only come in sizes x-small through large, and they will run you a little bit more than a basic legging, but we think they’re totally worth it.

Best for Extra Belly Support: Blanqi Maternity Belly Support Leggings

BLANQI Everyday Maternity Belly Support Leggings (Medium), Black, Size...
  • FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE: Maternity leggings that you will live in from 1-3rd trimester.
  • GROWS WITH YOU: Super stretchy belly panel that expands with you all the way to your due date.
  • NO PRESSURE OR TIGHTNESS ON BELLY: Multi-layers of compression provides breathing space for your growing baby.

If you’ve been pregnant before, you know the value of good belly support, especially in the third trimester. These leggings by Blanqi are the best in the business for helping to give you that extra support when you need it without feeling like you’re trapped in a confined space.

The belly panel on these leggings is stretchy enough to fit your ever-expanding bump but also features a built-in anchor that helps to lift the belly and redistribute weight to keep you comfortable. 

We love the lightweight, moisture wicking fabric and the x-shape in the back that helps support your lower back as well.

These are once again on the higher side of the price range we’ll cover on our list, and they don’t come in the extended sizes we’d like to see, but for mamas who were a size small to large pre-pregnancy, these are a great option.

Best for Under Belly Wear: Seraphine Black Bamboo Under-Bump Leggings

Seraphine Women's Black Bamboo Active Under-Bump Maternity Leggings...
  • Ultra-soft fabric with natural bamboo
  • Under bump fit
  • Ankle length

Although these leggings only come in two sizes, they claim to fit women who were a size four to size twelve pre-pregnancy so that we couldn’t help including them on our list.

Not only are they one of the very few maternity leggings on the market that fit under your bump for sensitive mamas, but they are also made primarily of bamboo, which makes them both breathable and eco-conscious. 

We love the price on these leggings as well because they are much more affordable than many pairs on our list.

We are bummed that you will have to be careful in your care of them, but we think it’s worth it to hang them to dry when you get the comfort of having no added material on your belly and of the soft bamboo fabric on your legs.

Best Compression Legging: Preggers Footless Maternity Compression Leggings

Preggers Maternity Leggings - Black-Medium
  • 10-15mmhg of light graduated support
  • Thicker more opaque material
  • Smooth seams will not dig into your tummy or show under clothes

Let’s be honest, a lot of us deal with varicose veins and other unpleasant changes to our legs during pregnancy.

To help avoid some of the more serious challenges, our doctors often recommend compression pants and socks. Preggers compression leggings are a great alternative that can keep you stylish while giving your legs the compression and support they need.

These leggings are a nylon-spandex blend that breathes well and wick moisture away so that you can be cool and comfortable throughout your day.

They also feature a built-in support band that you can either fold under your bump or pull over your belly to ensure you’re supported in the way you want to be throughout your pregnancy.

Best for Winter: Kindred Bravely ‘The Louisa’ Ultra High-Waisted Leggings

Kindred Bravely The Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Over the Bump...
  • Dual purpose maternity leggings perfect for your transition from pregnancy to breastfeeding.
  • Gently smooths your natural curves and high waist offer support for your baby bump.
  • Comfortable enough for lounging around the house, fashionable to be paired with your favorite sweater, tank top, or...

Kindred Bravely focuses on moms to be from the perspective of a mom who has been there and done that.

We love their brand and philosophy, but we especially love these leggings for winter. The leggings come in sizes small to xx-large, which means they can fit moms to be who were anywhere from a size four to size sixteen pre-pregnancy.

These leggings are designed to be useful during and after pregnancy with their thicker materials and a soft, stretchy waistband for comfort.

The waist is placed in such a way that it won’t irritate your C-section incision after birth, which makes these a great pair for your hospital bag as well.

Best Inexpensive Leggings: H&M Mama Leggings

h&m mama leggings

Image via H&M

Not only are these leggings inexpensive and great for a basic piece of your maternity wardrobe, but they are also made from organic cotton, which means you can feel eco-friendly and adorable in your pair.

We love that these come in sizes small through xx-large to help fit many different women as well.

Although you can only buy these leggings in black and grey, we think they are a nice staple piece for mamas to be, especially since you can’t beat the price.

You can also wash these with your regular laundry, so extra care isn’t a worry when you’re already focused on a million other things or exhausted from carrying your baby around all day.

Best for Pockets: Motherhood Maternity French Terry Secret Fit Belly Leggings

Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Full Length French Terry Secret...
  • Great for layering during your pregnancy. Wear them lounging around the house or dress them up with a cute tunic top
  • Motherhood's exclusive secret fit belly - (r) us patent nos. re43563, re43531, 7814575, and 7900276 is a seamless...
  • Super soft and stretch full length legging with 29 inch inseam and functional back pockets

That’s right pocket lovers; you can rejoice now! We love these leggings from Motherhood Maternity that come standard with some extra storage in the back.

We love that they help make these leggings look like regular pants so you won’t feel uncomfortable wearing them for work or play. We also love the functionality of leggings with pockets, and the soft French terry fabric doesn’t hurt either.

The belly panel on these leggings is stretchy and soft, so it doesn’t help much with support, but it does grow with you as your pregnancy progresses.

These leggings come in sizes small through x-large and are true to fit, so you can pick up your pre-pregnancy size without worrying about whether or not they will hit you in all the right places.

Best Lower Back Support: Ingrid & Isabel Active Maternity Leggings with Crossover Panel

Ingrid & Isabel Women's Maternity Active Legging With Crossover Panel,...
  • Performance fabric features antimicrobial, moisture wicking and four way stretch properties
  • Active Mesh Detail Capri Legging With Crossover Panel

Our second Ingrid & Isabel product is just as wonderful as the first. We love the support you’ll get from the crossover panel on these leggings, and your back will love it too.

They are made from moisture wicking and antimicrobial material that stretches nicely in four ways to increase your comfort and keep you dry all day.

You can wear these leggings for a workout, around the house, or dress them up for a night on the town with your girlfriends.

The price is on the higher end, but they are well worth it for their versatility and features. Like our other pair from this brand, these leggings only come in sizes x-small to large, but for women within that range, they are an amazing product.

Best for Breathability: Maternity Gap Fit Blackout Full-Panel, Full-Length Leggings

maternity gapfit full length leggings

Image via Gap

These leggings combine the comfort and breathability of thinner fabrics with the superior coverage of thicker models.

We’re not sure how they pull it off, but we’re not sure we care since it works. These leggings add compression in the legs where you need it, wick moisture away from your skin, and feature a hidden waistband pocket for storage.

These Gap Fit leggings come in sizes x-small to xx-large to fit a wide variety of women.

They are built to hug all of your curves, no matter how few or how many you have, and the full panel helps to support your belly as it grows throughout your pregnancy. Their middle of the road price also helps to bump these leggings up to our favorites list.

Best Designer Leggings: David Lerner Maternity Leggings

David Lerner Women's Maternity Leggings, Black, Small
  • Shell: 86% nylon/14% spandex
  • Fabric: Jersey
  • Wash cold

If you’re not worried about budget, but you are worried about getting a quality designer brand, look no further than these leggings by David Lerner.

Their nylon and spandex design makes for a comfortable and stretchy fit in a legging that is still thick and opaque enough to wear with shorter tops or around the house in your favorite nursing bra post pregnancy.

We love the supportive full-belly panel that grows with you along the way, and that these leggings come in a variety of colors, which isn’t common in the world of maternity wear.

Like most designer clothing, these leggings are unfortunately unavailable above a size large, but that’s the only negative we can find.

Best Plus Sized Leggings: Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings

A reasonable price and comfortable cotton and spandex design have us falling head over heels for these plus size leggings from Motherhood Maternity.

They come in sizes 1X to 3X and offer a supportive belly that isn’t too tight. They are cropped, but you can find great full-length options in this brand as well, so don’t fret if you’re in the middle of a winter pregnancy.

These leggings get excellent reviews across the board and are easy to find in-store or online, which makes shopping much more convenient.

They are true to size as well, so you won’t have to wonder if what you’re buying is correct. They also make fine workout leggings if you’re ready to keep your fitness journey going during your pregnancy.

Best for After Pregnancy Wear: Old Navy Maternity Full-Panel Leggings

old navy maternity leggings

Image via Old Navy

These Old Navy maternity leggings are another low-priced option with lots of versatility. They come in sizes x-small to xx-large, which gives you a nice range to choose from.

Although they were created with second and third-trimester mamas in mind, these leggings are a great addition to your permanent wardrobe since the belly panel can be folded down after pregnancy.

The Go-Dry material has moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry even in the hotter summer months, and the soft jersey-style fabric is comfortable enough to wear lounging around the house.

These are an excellent basic option that is easy to wear and even easier to care for, so they can stay with you for multiple pregnancies or as you live life post-baby.

How to Choose the Best Maternity Leggings: A Buyer’s Guide

pregnant woman doing yoga

Image by StockSnap via Pixabay

The first step in choosing the right pair of maternity leggings for you is to decide what you’ll use them for most often.

If you’re looking to lounge around the house, you’ll likely want a different pair than someone looking for leggings they can exercise in or someone who needs comfortable work clothes. Some leggings on our list are versatile enough to do it all, but most have a specialty.

You should also consider a budget. Maternity clothing can get pricey, and since you’ll only need it for a year or less, it can be a huge burden to spend a lot on a single item.

If money is no object, then any of the leggings you’ve seen on our list will work, but if you’re trying not to break the bank on your pregnancy wardrobe, you’ll want to stick to brands that come at a low price for a high-quality product.

Finally, make sure you pay attention to added features as you shop. Some leggings come with pockets to give them added storage and a more pants-like look, while others have extra belly or back support built-in.

If you’re not sure what you’ll need, it’s okay to buy down the road when you’re ready, but if you’ve been here before and you know you’re going to want that extra support, look for leggings that can provide it even if you’re just wearing them at home. 

Finding the best maternity leggings can be tough, but if you know what you’re looking for and have a budget in mind, we’re sure you’ll find something to love on our list.

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